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The ultimate shopping experience: Part 1

by Travelbag on 27 July 2016, 12:07PM

We do love shopping and we know we're not the only ones! It is a good thing, (maybe not for our banks) that we know where the best places to shop around the world are, so let's start with Dubai and Thailand.

Dubai

Dubai Shopping Mall- (Financial Centre Road, United Arab Emirates)

Dubai Mall
 
If you’re an avid shopaholic and could spend days…or even weeks in tremendous shopping malls, then The Dubai Mall is one place you and your purse must visit! From fashion and music right through to electricals, you can get all the well-known brands under one gigantic roof.
 
Whilst visiting if you want a break from the 1,200 shops, you most certainly aren’t short of entertainment options, there’s an ice rink, cinema, aquarium with shark tunnel, the Emirates A380 experience, park which features 15 thrilling attractions and more than 170 games and believe it or not the list goes on! They also offer child daycare.
 
If you only fancy popping into the mall for a few hours then that’s not a problem, as the Burj Park and Burj Khalifa Lake is just around the corner, which are two tourist attractions definitely worth you visiting.
 

Deira Gold Souk- (54 Al Khor St, Dubai, United Arab Emirates)

Everyone loves a bargain and that’s what you’ll get when visiting this traditional Dubai market, located in the centre of Dubai’s commercial business district in Deira.
 
It's bursting with hundreds of retailers selling everything from gold bars and intricate gold jewellery to other precious metals and stones such as silver and diamonds. You'll find some of the best bargains in the world for these items, so be sure to leave room in your luggage for all the goods you'll buy here. Whilst you’re here don’t be afraid to haggle!

Global Village-(Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Road, United Arab Emirates)

Global Village
 
This entertainment, family and shopping destination has 32 pavilions and a huge amount of retail shops. They don’t just offer an incredible amount of shops, there are cultural shows, concerts, street performances, stunt displays and we can’t forget the Fantasy Island which features rides and games for all ages.
 
We all need to refuel after a few hours of shopping and you can choose from any of their restaurants, cafes and kiosks.
 
This shopping heaven is well known for their great quality African black soap, chea butter and agran oil, so don’t forget to take a look.
  

Thailand

Rod Fai Market in Bangkok-(located on Srinakarin Soi 51- just behind Seacon Square shopping Mall.)

If vintage collectables, memorabilia and antique furniture sounds like shopping paradise to you, then be sure to take a look here.
 
There are three different sections to this market, so if antiques aren't necessarily your specialty there's the 'Warehouse Zone', where you can find household goods, vintage clothing and fashionable accessories.
 
The selection of cool bars, restaurants and snack bars will certainly please your taste buds and also give you a chance to rest your feet. 


Bor Sang Village-(San Kamphaeng district in the outskirts of Chiang Mai in Northern Thailand)

The Bor Sang Village is a shopping experience with real personality and intimate feel.
 
There are about nine kilometres in this village, where local people specialize in paper umbrella making. In the umbrella factory, you can watch them make tiny cocktail umbrellas to large parasols all by hand.
They hold an annual Bor Sang Umbrella festival (commonly the third Friday in January), where the village comes alive with contests and parades incorporating both the locals and the tourists.  


Banzaan Market in Phuket-(Kathu District, Phuket, Thailand)

 

If your favourite thing to shop for is food, then you’re in for a treat! This contemporary looking market is full of stalls selling seafood, meats, fruit, vegetables and even more great quality fresh and local produce.
 
The name of this market may seem a little strange but ‘Banzaan’ means fresh market in Hokkien (a Chinese dialect, popular in Southeast Asia).
 
If you truly do love shopping, once you’ve bought some fresh produce, you could make your way to the Jungceylon Shopping Mall which is just behind the market and stroll round all the department stores.
 
 


Want to experience these places for yourself and indulge in a lot of retail therapy? You can find great deals here
 
 
 


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